Leading off yesterday’s city council meeting was another update on the process of returning students to SUNY Cortland, set to begin this weekend with underclassmen and continue in phases next week until Sunday (August 30).
A one-day break without move-ins has been planned for next Wednesday.
Addressing city leaders once again was SUNY Cortland communications director, Fred Pierce, who also attended the last meeting and gave an initial outlook on the Fall semester.
Prior to their arrival to campus, all students must first self-quarantine for 14 days and sign an official affirmation promising they won’t break any rules, which is punishable by a potential suspension.
“It will be 14 weeks of continuous monitoring,” Pierce said. “We already reached out to all of our students ahead of time and made them aware that this semester will be one like no other.”
Members of the community do have a way of reporting any concerns they may have to the university by way of an online complaint form.
“If you see large gatherings of students or get reports of kids downtown congregating in ways that are unsafe, let us know,” said Pierce. “As many details as you can get will help us them down and hold them accountable.”
Contingency plans have been made in the event students are forced to return to an all-distance learning format at any point, although Pierce couldn’t give any specifics around what might cause that to happen.
Currently, a building dedicated to student quarantines on SUNY Cortland’s West Campus contains several international students who are there as required by the state’s travel advisory.
Pierce said approaching that facility’s capacity would likely be the first sign of needing to transition online.
Full reopening plans are available from the university here.